HC461 The Hospital and the Community

for S1B 2007

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HC 461 The Hospital and the Community


S1B 2007 BL


Ward, Robert S.


Adjunct Faculty


BS, Health Planning and Administration, Pennsylvania State University
MA, Health Services Management, Webster University

Office Hours

Before or after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone





Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours


Hospitals, What They Are and How They Work, Third Edition, Don Griffin, Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2006

Additional Resources:

I will use our e-companion classroom to post lecture material, supplemental materials, articles and other relative data for this course.


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Course Description:
Issues specific to the organization and administration of hospitals, their scope of services in relation to community need, and relationships with community health care services. Topics covered dealing with the unique aspects of administration of hospitals and internal departments include improvement of organizational performance, personnel productivity, strategic planning, cost containment, materials management, image in the community, medical staff recruitment, patient census and utilization of services, and contracting for services from external suppliers. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is to bring real world learning into the classroom.  This adult learning style will encourage critical thinking, higher-level knowledge, and a fun academic environment.  The learning process will be interactive by utilizing lectures, readings, examinations, homework assignments, and an exchange of views/ideas through presentations and case studies.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to articulate the types of hospital governance models.
  2. Students will be able to explain the role and functions of hospitals in the community.
  3. Students will be able to compare and contrast the various hospital departments.
  4. Students will understand the basic quality care issues in current hospital organizations.
  5. Students will understand key health care legislation as it pertains to hospital operations.
  6. Students will describe the key hospital indicators utilized by hospital managment teams.
Class Assessment:

The class assessment will be based on examinations, presentations, case studies, homework and class attendance/participation.




The grading plan will consist of the following:


Midterm Test: 30 points

Final Exam: 30 points

Case Studies and Homework: there will be a total of 5 assignments each worth 6 points with the combined assignment/homework a total of  30 points

Class Participation: will be worth 10 points.  Students will be expected to attend class, answer questions, ask pertinent questions and participate in general group discussions on a regular basis.

Total points = 100 

The following will be used to assigned course letter grades:


90 to 100  A

80 to 89    B

70 to 79    C

60 to 69    D

  0 to 59    F (Includes 3 or more unexcused absences)



All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will not be accepted without prior instructor approval.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend all classes for the entire class period and be on time to all classes. Roll will be taken at each class meeting.  If classes are missed for a legitimate reason such as temporary duty or illness the student is responsible to make up the missed work, obtain lecture notes and handouts. If you are going to miss a class, I expect to be communicated with prior to class.


Assignments must be turned in on time. Participate in classroom discussions. Be respectful when others are speaking and do not interrupt. Turn off cell phones and pagers during class period. Please do the online survey after the course completion.



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Administrative announcements, discussion of the course description/requirements, student handouts, introductory comments. Chapters 1, 2, & 3.

Week 2: Discuss Chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7. Homework assignment.

Week 3: Discuss Chapters 8, 9, 10 & 11. Case study assignment.  


Week 4: Discuss Chapters 12, 13, & 14. Mid-term review. Mid-term examination (Chapters 1 through 14 and lecture material).

Week 5: Review of Mid-term. Discuss Chapters 15, 16, 17, & 18. Homework assignment.

Week 6: Discuss Chapters 19, 20, 21, & 22. Case study assignment

Week 7: Discuss Chapters 23, 24, 25 & 26. Homework assignment

Week 8: Discuss Chapters 27 & 28. Final Examination (Chapters 15 through 28 and lecture material).

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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Last Updated:12/20/2006 9:33:13 PM